Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said that the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) should release data in 5 years instead of 10 years.
On the occasion of the 10th Statistics Day, addressing the gathering in New Delhi, he said that a five-yearly data will help government to formulate plans for the farmers especially the small and marginal farmers.
Singh said that it is imperative to remove regional disparity so as to achieve economic and social development and regional disparity cannot be removed until the related statistics are provided. He further said that statistics play a vital role to formulate the schemes related to agriculture, agricultural products and other arenas. For instance, to implement crop insurance scheme, its product estimation is required on Panchayat and at village level.
To face the situation created by delayed / deficit rainfall, preparation of suitable emergent schemes and their effective implementation, crop component, irrigation facilities, situation of rainfall, agriculture related climatic condition, etc. – the timely availability of all these statistics are critical. The availability of credible data related to output utilization along with agricultural products is not only significant for agriculture and allied sector but also important to assess the potentiality related to farmers’ income and their profession.
Singh informed that the Ministry of Agriculture is implementing a scheme named as ‘Fasal’ for the utilization of sophisticated technology available to assess the agricultural products. The Department of Space, Indian Metrological Department and Economic Development Institute are sharing the process of implementation of this scheme. A Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC) has been established in the Department which is providing the estimate related to remote sensing technology based production of chosen crops. He observed that forecast estimates provided by MNCFC are very much useful.
Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister said that Ministry of Agriculture has taken an important initiative in respect of adopting remote sensing technology for the assessment of horticultural production. The Ministry has initiated a pilot project named as Chaman. 11 prominent states have been included in this project so as to develop remote sensing based program for the assessment of area and production related to horticulture crop.
The Minister said that it is high time that statistics methodology should be utilized to sort out the problem for providing credible and assured data on lower level. This challenge may be used through the use of sophisticated technology for the compilation of data related. Singh requested the state government that they should take an active initiative to strengthen their methodology in the perspective of agricultural statistics.